NTSB Identification: ATL89FA004.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38597.
Accident occurred Sunday, October 02, 1988 in LA FOLLETTE, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/04/1990
Aircraft: PIPER PA-30, registration: N7484Y
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT REPORTED AN AUTOPILOT PROBLEM AND WAS NOT ABLE TO MAINTAIN CONTROL OF THE AIRPLANE. THE AIRFRAME COMPONENTS WERE SCATTERED IN A CIRCULAR PATTERN. ALL FRACTURES DISPLAYED OVERLOAD FAILURES. THE WRECKAGE EXAMINATION FAILED TO DISCLOSE ANY SYSTEM OR COMPONENT FAILURE. THE AIRPLANE CENTER SECTION WAS DESTROYED BY THE POST CRASH FIRE.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

FLIGHT CONTROLS..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

DESIGN STRESS LIMITS OF AIRCRAFT..EXCEEDED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AUTOPILOT/FLIGHT DIRECTOR..UNDETERMINED

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